Some good news (for now) from the Canada Organic Trade Association. Wine grapes are obviously part of this discussion as well. Here's a roundup (ahem) of information from their release, along with how industry stakeholders can get involved:
As of a result of the organic industry's and consumer activism against the proposed pesticides MRL increases, the Government of Canada has suspended the consultation on increased MRLs until after the election. Thankfully, the Health Minister, Environment Minister and Agriculture Minister released a joint statement on Wednesday outlining that the departments will look at increasing the transparency of the pesticide review process with Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency, increase funding to allow more independent scientific studies to be used, and consider creating an expert panel. No pesticide MRL increases will occur before Spring 2022.
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As this issue is simply paused and we remain concerned about Spring 2022, the Canada Organic Trade Association will continue to raise awareness and organize with other likeminded associations on our next steps to ensure that increased MRLs do not get passed. Please register for our upcoming information session on August 31, from 2:00-3:00 EDT that Canada Organic Trade Association will be leading with Prevent Cancer Now, Safe Food Matters and SaskOrganics.